If snow and rain are constant companions on your commute, we have options to improve your daily drive: the best 10 sedans with all-wheel drive (AWD), a feature that will give you an extra dose of traction in inclement weather. To make the trip even more enjoyable, most of the AWD cars listed below have a manufacturer's suggested retail price that's less than $35,000 (before destination charges). Some are well below that figure, leaving you room to add heated seats, a heated steering wheel, windshield wiper de-icers and other hedges against rotten weather. AWD sedans from BMW and Volvo have starting MSRPs a little above $35K, but they're still worth your consideration. We've listed the cars in our order of preference.
As you shop, you will likely find better prices, particularly if incentives are available. Another money-saving option is to check for Edmunds Price Promise® offers on these cars. Finally, it's smart to look into winter tires, which will give you even more driving confidence when the climate is against you.
1. 2016 Audi A3
Attractive, upscale and fun to drive, the 2016 Audi A3 sets the standard for the new, smaller crop of entry-level luxury cars. Heated seats are an option that won't take you over $35,000. Starting MSRP for AWD: $34,200.
The 2016 Subaru WRX has the right stuff when it comes to power and handling. All-wheel drive is standard. Starting MSRP: $26,595.
The 2016 Ford Fusion has solid power, respectable fuel economy, distinctive styling, a huge array of tech features and excellent cold-weather options. It's a great choice for a midsize sedan. Starting MSRP for AWD: $27,965.
The 2016 BMW 320i xDrive's starting MSRP of $35,150 is a little above our ceiling. But from its sporty driving character to its refined ride and cabin, this is an exceptionally well-rounded compact luxury sedan. Cold-weather options are available.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 4Matic's coupelike styling and relative affordability will appeal to buyers looking to move up to a luxury brand. Option packages can quickly push up the price, but heated seats à la carte are $580. MSRP: $34,050.
This entry-level luxury sedan won't bowl you over with excitement, but with its impressive safety features, the 2016 Volvo S60 T5 is a good choice, even though its $35,450 MSRP slightly exceeds our ceiling.
With lots of standard features and a relatively affordable price, the 2016 Buick Regal offers decent value for shoppers seeking an entry-level luxury sedan. Cold-weather options abound on both the base and Premium II trim levels. Starting MSRP for AWD: $31,415.
Bold, muscular and loaded with heritage, the 2016 Dodge Charger is a great choice for a distinctive and spacious full-size sedan. AWD is available for the SE and SXT trim levels. Alas, an AWD Hellcat is not on the menu. Starting MSRP for AWD: $30,245.
With handsome looks and an upscale interior, the 2016 Chrysler 200 sedan has what it takes to fight for a spot in your driveway. Even loaded up with cold-weather options (including an engine block heater), it would be hard to bust $35K. Starting MSRP for AWD: $29,905.
The 2016 Subaru Legacy comes up a bit short in a few areas compared to some other midsize sedans. But with standard all-wheel drive, an array of options and excellent outward visibility, it's a solid foul-weather pick. Starting MSRP: $21,745.